Easy Simmered Apples With Honey and Cinnamon

apples with raisins and honey
Apples simmered in syrup with raisins.

The Spruce / Diana Rattray

  • Total: 33 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 18 mins
  • Yield: 6 Servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
256 Calories
0g Fat
68g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 Servings
Amount per serving
Calories 256
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 6mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 68g 25%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Protein 1g
Calcium 21mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These apples are flavored with honey and cinnamon, along with raisins and sugar. The apples are simmered with a spiced sauce and raisins. This recipe for baked apples with cinnamon red-hots is another popular way to serve whole apples. Or you might like Sharon's slow cooker baked apples.

Use a good firm apple in this. Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Gala, and Jonagold are good choices.

Feel free to add some crunch to the apples with chopped toasted pecans or walnuts, or sprinkle granola over the apples.


  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • Optional: a few drops red food coloring
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 6 medium to large apples

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a large, deep saucepan or Dutch oven, combine the sugar, water, honey, cinnamon, food coloring, if using, and raisins; bring to a boil.

  3. Reduce heat to low.

  4. Peel and core the apples; add to the syrup.

  5. Spoon some of the syrup over the apples.

  6. Cover and simmer in the hot syrup until the apples are tender, about 15 to 20 minutes.

  7. With a slotted spoon, place apples in dessert bowls.

  8. To serve, use a slotted spoon to spoon raisins in center of each apple.

  9. Spoon syrup over each serving.

  10. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Variations

  • Sprinkle chopped toasted pecans or walnuts over the apples just before serving.
  • Sprinkle a spoonful of granola over the apples just before serving. 
  • Use 1/4 cup of brown sugar and 1/4 cup of maple syrup instead of honey.
  • Replace the honey with golden cane syrup, such as Lyle's or Steen's.